Conf/CfP - Innovative Perspectives in History, 30 - 31 March 2018, USA

Publish Date: Dec 13, 2017

Deadline: Jan 10, 2018


Since 1998 HGSA has organized a conference annually for graduates students in history from VT and from other MA and PhD programs. Our conference is an opportunity to share graduate research projects in a supportive, professional environment, and a chance to network with your future colleagues

The conference is named after a former student who sparked interest among his peers to create a venue for public presentation of student research. Brian Bertoti died before planning for the first conference was completed. The conference name acknowledges his interest in studying the past and his commitment to sharing that study with others.

The conference is a major undertaking and all HGSA members play a role – hosting invited keynote speakers; inviting papers and creating conference panels; attending to local arrangements; advertising the events; and soliciting funds to cover conference expenses.


The 21st Annual Brian Bertoti Innovative Perspectives in History Graduate Conference will be March 30 and 31, 2018.

Proposals due January 10, 2018

The History Graduate Student Association at Virginia Tech invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 21st Annual Brian Bertoti Innovative Perspectives in History Graduate Conference. This interdisciplinary conference will be held at the Virginia Tech Graduate Life Center in Blacksburg, VA on March 30-31, 2018. A one-page abstract and a short vita should be submitted by January 10, 2018. Please send to: Ellen Boggs at

Our conference is an opportunity to share graduate research projects in a supportive, professional environment, and a chance to network with your future colleagues. Our conference values interdisciplinary approaches to the past, and we invite proposals from historians and graduate students in related disciplines whose work represents “innovative perspectives in history.” Papers on any aspect of history, time period, or world region are welcome.

Brian Bertoti Award

Each year, HGSA acknowledges the best paper presented at the conference with the Brian Bertoti Award for Outstanding Historical Scholarship. To be considered for this award, participants must submit their paper at presentation length (roughly 10 pages) to the Awards Committee by February 27, 2018. The paper selected for the best paper prize will represent exemplary scholarship, innovative methods, and unique perspectives in the historical discipline.  

International Scholar Award

This year, we are introducing the International Scholar Award that will be offered to two graduate students studying at universities outside of the United States. These awards will provide up to $500 per student, distributed in the form of reimbursements following the conference, to be used on travel to the US and lodging while in Blacksburg. Award recipients will also be provided with three meals during their time at the conference. Interested applicants should send in all other required materials, as well as a two-page essay addressing the following questions:

Where does your particular project fit within the larger context of historical research? What do you believe is the significance of your project? Why do you believe your project qualifies as an “innovative perspective in history”?

All applications should be sent to Ellen Boggs at by January 10, 2018 along with presentation abstracts. Applicants will be informed of our decision by February 1, 2018.

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